Off-Broadway's MY MOTHER HAS 4 NOSES to Host Talkbacks this Month

By: Mar. 06, 2014

Patrick Rains, producer of My Mother Has 4 Noses, a musical play written and performed by renowned singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke and directed by Jeremy B. Cohen, proudly announces a special Talk-Back Series hosted by the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production. Immediately following Saturday matinee performances of My Mother Has 4 Noses in March, writer/performer Jonatha Brooke will participate in a discussions with leaders in the fields of dementia care-giving and research:

Saturday, March 8, Dr. Gayatri Devi
Dr. Devi is a neurologist specializing in memory disorders. She's written extensively about Alzheimer's and is head of the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Center (

Saturday, March 15, Dr. Jason Karlawish
Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy at UPENN (

Saturday, March 22, Charles Fuschillo
Mr. Fuschillo is the CEO of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (

Saturday, March 29, Lori La Bey
Ms. LaBey started the Alzheimer's Speaks site and resource network (

This special series began on Saturday, March 1st, when Ms. Brooke sat for a post-show discussion with writer, lecturer, and filmmaker David Shenk, author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of An Epidemic, the inspiration for the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary of the same name.

In My Mother Has 4 Noses, Jonatha Brooke tells of her experiences caring for her mother during the final two years of her life. Quite the character, Jonatha's mother was a published poet, a clown, and a Christian Scientist. She also had dementia . . . as well as 4 noses. Jonatha began chronicling her experiences, "the daily theatre" of loving and caring for a loved one, and her writings at first became a popular blog, then grew into a collection of 11 new songs (now an acclaimed album, released on February 18, 2014).

After successful readings in New York, LA, Philly, and Chicago, the staged adaptation of My Mother Has 4 Noses debuted at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT in June 2013. A four-performance run at the Playwright's Centre in Minneapolis followed that summer, as did sold-out shows at Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September, and then the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio in Minneapolis in December.

The New York premiere of My Mother Has 4 Noses began previews Off-Broadway on February 14th and opened on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The limited engagement will play through Sunday, May 4th at The Duke on 42nd Street, "a New 42nd Street project" (located at 229 W 42nd Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues).

My Mother Has 4 Noses has scenic design by Caite Hevner Kemp, lighting design by ML Geiger, and sound design by Paul Mitchell. Ben Butler is the Musical Director. Anne Lowrie is the Production Stage Manager.

My Mother Has 4 Noses will play a limited engagement through Sunday, May 4th, 2014. The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm, and Sunday at 2pm.